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January 30, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Police investigating death of officer found fatally shot in his home

City police were investigating the shooting death yesterday evening of a fellow officer whose body was found in a bedroom of the home he shared with his girlfriend and their 2-year-old daughter.

The death of Officer Joseph Leak, who was about 23 years old and assigned to the Northeastern District, was being ruled "questionable" pending the outcome of an investigation by the homicide squad, said Sgt. Kevin Daniels, a city police spokesman.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Kenneth Blackwell said police arrived at Leak's two-story brick rowhouse in the 1200 block of Kevin Road in Rognel Heights about 6 p.m. in response to a 911 call, reportedly from the girlfriend, and found Leak dead of a bullet wound to the head. The woman and child were unharmed.

A female friend of Leak's girlfriend said the woman called her saying, "Something terrible has happened. Come over here and get the baby." About two hours later, the friend was seen carrying the child from the house.

Three officers charged with assault, misconduct

Three city police officers were arraigned yesterday in Baltimore's Circuit Court on assault and misconduct charges -- accused of beating a man they suspected of trying to swallow drug evidence last year.

Officers Anton J. Meisinger, 25, Raymond A. Morroni, 33, and Robert Crown Jr., 27, all from the Western District, were indicted last year on charges of second-degree assault and misconduct in office stemming from an incident Oct. 2 involving Dante Brown.

According to court documents, Brown, 26, was walking across Vine Street about 12:30 p.m. when the three officers approached him. Meisinger grabbed Brown by the arm, placed him in a choke hold and shouted, "Spit it out!" Meanwhile, Morroni held Brown's nose and tried to open his mouth as Crown shouted, "You're about to be D.O.A.," court records state.

Brown lost consciousness and was allegedly kicked several times. An ambulance was called, but by the time it arrived, he had regained consciousness and refused treatment.

Curtis Creek drawbridge to be closed until Monday

Repairs to the Curtis Creek drawbridge will close Pennington Avenue between Chemical and East Ordnance roads from 10 p.m. tomorrow until 5 a.m. Monday, the city Office of Transportation announced.

Southbound traffic will be detoured west onto Ordnance Road to Route 10, the Beltway and Quarantine Road back to Pennington and Hawkins Point Road.

Northbound traffic will be detoured north onto Quarantine Road to the Beltway, Route 10 and the eastbound Ordnance Road exit back to Pennington Avenue.

Attempted murder charge lodged in shooting Jan. 17

A 35-year-old East Baltimore man was arrested yesterday and charged with attempted murder in what police described as the drug-related shooting of a New York man this month.

Detective Mike Hennlein of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force arrested Isaac P. Wright about 6:40 p.m. at his home in the 1500 block of N. Durham St., police said.

Wright is accused of shooting Tyrone Jackson, 31, on Jan. 17 at the house on Durham Street after a fight over drugs, said Detective Lloyd Wells, who investigated the incident. Jackson was treated for a wound to his upper body, police said,

Wright was being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center pending a hearing today in District Court, authorities said. In Baltimore County

Unity March to honor King scheduled today at UMBC

CATONSVILLE -- The Office of Multicultural Affairs at University of Maryland, Baltimore County will hold a Unity March at 12:50 p.m. today to honor the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Baltimore-area residents are invited to participate in the march, which begins at the Administration Building, off Administration Drive. Students, faculty and staff will carry flags of all nationalities represented at the college. Marchers will proceed to the Commons, where a short program will be held.

Information: 410-455-3918.

Agency official will answer insurance questions Feb. 11

TOWSON -- People with questions about or problems with insurance coverage can meet with a representative of the Maryland Insurance Administration on Feb. 11.

The representative will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the state comptroller's branch office at Hampton Plaza, 300 E. Joppa Road.

Information: 410-468-2000 or 800-492-6116 or, for the hearing impaired, 800-735-2258.

Medical association installs psychiatrist as its president

PIKESVILLE -- Dr. Scott D. Hagaman, a child psychiatrist in the Catonsville area, is the new president of the Baltimore County Medical Association.

Hagaman, a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland School of Medicine, was installed at the association's recent dinner in Pikesville.

Dr. John R. Saunders Jr., a head and neck surgeon in Towson, was named the winner of the association's Thomas E. Hobbins Distinguished Service Award.

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